With movies such as Coco and Black Panther coming in theaters and presenting largely cultural casts and storylines outside of the usual caucasian-laced projects Hollywood, it’s proven a successful formula. Although this has been tried before with movies such as Roots (TV miniseries), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Selena, the stories are often tragic, stereotypical, a biopic, historical or has a White lead somewhere. Then, the formula dies and they go back to their original map without taking chances. But numbers can no longer lie. With a White population dying faster than is being born in 1/3rd of the country and the United States growing culturally larger every day, commerce is showing stronger spending power with people of color.
So, now, we see that representation matters in media. Before, people of color were labeled with bit parts, had token placements in film and media, and now are beginning to lead. So, let’s discuss why all of this matters not only to people of color but also to our White brothers and sisters as well. Because education and culture shouldn’t be a burden; it should be shared and experienced. Let us know what you think. And if you’ve already seen Coco or Black Panther, let us know in the Contact section of the site and submit a review. Tell us what cultural representation means to you.
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